I could not be more excited about our vacation for this year. Matt (my husband,) and I have been talking about a “Big” trip since we’ve been together. Saving up, planning, trying to find a year without 329 weddings…which anyone our age can attest to. FINALLY, 2014 looked like the best year to do a big trip, 2 full weeks…TO ENGLAND AND IRELAND!!!
Our last trip we went to Seattle and Portland, both of which Matt had been to before but wanted me to see and love, which I did. This time, we are going back to my turf! Anyone who knows me knows my obsession with Ireland. I lived there for 6 months during study abroad and left a piece of my heart there. When we were deciding where to go for a big trip, Matt always wanted to see “My Ireland” and he wanted to get to England and see a “soccer” game. Easy decision. Sept 2014 we are returning to England and Ireland.
I am definitely not someone who toots my own horn, but I like to think that I have a talent at planning trips. Some would call it talent, others would call it a Type A personality with a bit of anal retentiveness thrown in there. I am the type of person who likes to research EVERYthing before going. I like to plan out each day, how we’re getting there, buy the tickets, find out fun facts etc. Although I have been to England and Ireland before I’ve already read 4 new books. If you are taking a trip..LONELY PLANET and FROMMERS. Hands down the best travel books I have found. (I’ll do another post just on that, because it’s that good.)
While planning out each day, (again I’ll do a separate post on that,) I realized that we would be moving around a great deal. Going from Dublin to Galway, Galway to Dublin, Ferry from Dublin to Wales, train from Wales to London, and so on and so forth. What I soon realized is, my giant suitcase that I took to Portland is just not going to work. I mean GIANT suitcase. We traveled a bunch on the west coast and the thing was just too big. It was awkward on public transport but it sure did allow me to pack various articles of clothing, shoe choices etc.
Here’s my new idea/dilemma: Can I pack for 2 weeks in England/Ireland in a smaller suitcase. The blue one in the photo is my gigundo suitcase, the adorable smaller one is my technical “carry on” suitcase, (although I would check it in baggage and bring a backpack.)
This is my new challenge to myself…2 weeks, small suitcase for easier movement. I would bring the small suitcase and a backpack carry on. The other photo is a picture off my computer from pinterest with recommendations for 2 weeks in a carry on. Basically what I am finding is pick color patterns that all work together. Bring 2-3 tank tops for under everything, 4-6 shirts that can be layered under 2 sweaters. 2 pairs of pants (this will be the hardest for me,) leggings, underwear, and LOTS of scarves to change up the look. (obviously toiletries,) but clothing would be limited choices, Also 2 pairs of shoes, that’s it. I loved this website, also it gave me more options.
I will struggle…BIG time. I’m the person who thinks “Well it could…so I will need this, this and this.” I’m an epic over packer. I’m going to attempt to do this, in an effort to have more ease moving from place to place. I have also read that if you pack items that dry quickly you can do wash in sinks…yup, I’m gonna try.
I’m going to continue looking up websites, pinterest posts etc. to find out the most information I can about packing lightly. I also read about packing cubes, which organize all of your things into nice sections so you know “this is my shirt cube,” and make it easier to keep dirty clothes separate as well. The blog site I shared mentioned Cubes as well! I found mine on Amazon just by searching “travel.” I’m going to get them and let you know if they are as great as they seem 🙂
I will update as I figure out my outfits etc. (there’s plenty of time until September.) Here’s to an adventure in packing efficiently!